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August 8, 2013 10:37:33 AM

I'm a PC n00b coming from console to play BF4, I'm thinking about buying a i5 4670k haswell CPU, a GIGABYTE GA-Z87-D3HP and a eVGA GTX 760 SC 2GB GDDR5. I want to know if these will all work together fine without bottlenecking and will a 500w PSU power them all, I don't play to over clock myself.

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August 8, 2013 10:40:03 AM

if you won't ever OC, than getting a K-series CPU is pointless. but yes, all those parts will work, but that better be a high quality PSU to be able to run everything... Corsair, Seasonic, XFX...
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August 8, 2013 10:40:03 AM

Yes it will work fine.

MAKE SURE your PSU is from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
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August 8, 2013 10:42:40 AM

Those parts would form the core of a decent build. Get a 2x4GB RAM kit of DDR3-1600 for it. Make sure the RAM runs on 1.5V and is CAS9 or better. A quality 500W PSU is sufficient for that build.
If you're not going to overclock, you could save some money by getting a non-"K" processor, and using a H87-chipset board instead of the Z87.
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August 8, 2013 11:05:30 AM

Cool, but don't forget good coolers. They won't coast more than 10 bucks than the cheap ones...
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August 8, 2013 11:10:19 AM

If you won't overclock, the stock cooler is sufficient. If you want to buy an aftermarket cooler anyway, I use and recommend the Xigmatek Gaia. Particularly when bang/buck is considered, it is superior to the more commonly mentioned Hyper212 EVO:

http://www.techreaction.net/2011/07/07/review-xigmatek-...
http://www.techreaction.net/2011/11/27/review-cooler-ma...

Unlike the Hyper212 EVO (ignore the URL; it IS the EVO they tested), the Gaia never throttled, although it wasn't always the coolest depending on the fan used. Both got awards, but if you factor in the price, the Gaia wins hands down.
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August 8, 2013 1:21:12 PM

ittimjones said:
if you won't ever OC, than getting a K-series CPU is pointless. but yes, all those parts will work, but that better be a high quality PSU to be able to run everything... Corsair, Seasonic, XFX...


Onus said:
Those parts would form the core of a decent build. Get a 2x4GB RAM kit of DDR3-1600 for it. Make sure the RAM runs on 1.5V and is CAS9 or better. A quality 500W PSU is sufficient for that build.
If you're not going to overclock, you could save some money by getting a non-"K" processor, and using a H87-chipset board instead of the Z87.


I don't know the brand, I think its just an 'unknown' 500w PSU, I would need to open up my current PC to look at it(which is no were near good enough to run any PC game)as the image I took of it has no brand, just says 500w and a bunch of voltage, current stuff. Will I need a high quality PSU? as in will it last longer or be any better than what I have? About getting the H87 board because I'm not over clocking, Is the H87 lower quality or just can't handle over clocking? The main reason I wont over clock is I don't want to fry my new PC because I know very little about what I'm doing so basically if I knew what i was doing yes I would over clock. And just to confirm are the intel K processors unlocked? Oh, I think I have enough cooling in my case (CiT vantage gamer case) with my current PC which has virtually no use for the amount of fans my case has.

BTW my current PC is terrible because its got a Gigabyte M68MT S2 motherboard with a AMD Semperon 145 and integrated Nvidia 7025/630a graphics
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August 8, 2013 1:30:01 PM

The Intel K processors are the unlocked ones, yes. If you don't increase voltage, overclocking is generally safe.
A cheap no-name PSU may be unfit for purpose. Likely good for no more than 60% of its label, it may also be missing protection circuits, such that it could die at any time for indeterminate causes (e.g. a power fluctuation), and/or damage attached parts. The long term health and stability of a system is dependent on the quality of its PSU, so that's not the place to go cheap. I'd recommend one of the Seasonic "G" series units, such as the 550W model. Less expensive but still good is the 500W Antec Earthwatts. Of the two, the Seasonic is considerably superior, in features (like modular, sleeved cables) as well as performance (efficiency, stability). Between those, one of the Seasonic-built XFX units would be good too.
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